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Everyone deserves to live a life free from fear. 

Empowering Self-defense is dedicated to helping women and children with proven self-defense strategies designed to be put to use instantly. 
Our workshops focus on building self-confidence, having a defense plan
and reacting swiftly
to life-threatening situations.
We believe no one should live in fear.
With the hard work of many students who attend and the support of civic-minded partners like you, we can together provide and achieve
Empowering Self-Defense!

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Lauren H.

I started doing Taekwondo at a young age with Scott Craig and Susan McCall at Seattle Taekwondo Academy, but every year I grow older I realize how much it truly shaped me. It wasn’t just about the discipline and the hard work, but it was the way I carried myself in the world. I was aware of my surroundings, I was confident, balanced emotionally and physically. I never accepted being intimidated (that includes the workplace). In fact, I have used my skills in the real world. A couple years ago I stepped in during a domestic abuse fight, while everyone watched from afar. I’ll never forget when the girl looked me in the eye, thanked me, and then turned and ran as far as she could away from her attacker. It’s one of those moments I think about often. All in all, being a blackbelt comes with responsibility, and it’s taught me how to handle myself better in this wild world of ours


Barb C.

Working out with Mr Craig and Ms McCall I learn self defense skills, get stronger, more confident all while having fun.  They are easy to work with, and give understandable and attainable direction.  There's a real comradery among people who workout with these instructors. I enjoy helping other women build skills and confidence through volunteering at self defense seminars.  


Joan K.

I would say the most beneficial parts were learning to walk with confidence, striking where it hurts and how to release my wrists & hands if someone were to grab me.  


I greatly appreciate the time Scott and Susan took with me and my group to help us learn to defend ourselves in a very helpful and practical manner.  


I'm very thankful for their teaching.


Nicole O.

has had a profound impact on my life.  Not only have I gained practical skills to protect myself, but I have  also experienced numerous physical and mental benefits. My training with Scott and Susan has made me into the confident individual I am today.

Black Belt Alumni

Hear about our 66 Blackbelts that are part of our alumni that help us and help you! 

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